With explosive wide receiver Vincent Jackson still not in the fold for the San Diego Chargers, the Seattle Seahawks will have to stop talented tight end Antonio Gates on Sunday.
Gates has 10 receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns so far this season, the most scores by a tight end so far this year.
Seahawks defensive back Roy Lewis said the defense needs to be aware of where Gates is at all times.
“Gates is a big part of their game plan,” Lewis said. “They’re trying to get him the ball as often as possible. Kansas City did a good job of double-teaming him and making sure they limited his touches, and they came out victorious. So we’ll see what the game plan is this week, but we’re definitely going to be keying on Gates.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Matt Hasselbeck’s performance on first, second and third down in the first two games of the season.
Greg Johns of Seattlpi.com notes that wide receiver Golden Tate has been working hard this week to make sure he’s ready for whatever the coaches throw at him on Sunday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down Seattle’s so-so performance so far on the ground.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes the Seahawks will have to find a way to contain San Diego’s potent passing game on Sunday.
Former Seattle SuperSonics player and coach, and current Portland Trail Blazers head man Nate McMillan will raise the 12th Man flag on Sunday.
Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network isn’t buying the Seahawks as an underdog at home against San Diego.
According to Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Chargers depth at linebacker will be tested on Sunday. Stephen Cooper, Jyles Tucker and Larry English were all listed as questionable on the team’s injury report Friday.
More Jenkins: He profiles Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Embedded in the story is a video preview by beat reporter Kevin Acee from Pike Place Market.
Scott Bair of the North County Times reports that injuries to inside linebacker Kevin Burnett has forced seventh-round draft pick Brandon Siler to step up his game.San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that linebacker Patrick Willis got quarterback Alex Smith’s back after his struggles in the team’s season opener against Seattle.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com breaks down a couple key matchups to watch for in the Niners-Chiefs game.
Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Niners might suit up all eight of their draft selections from this year’s draft for Sundays’ game against Kansas City.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that running back Beanie Wells bruised knee injury was actually a meniscus tear that required surgery. Wells will play for the first time this season against Oakland.
More Somers: A scouting report on the Cardinals-Raiders matchup.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports the Cardinals defense is looking to rebound from a poor effort against Atlanta last week.St. Louis Rams
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that rookie tight end Fendi Onobun and defensive tackle Jermell Cudjo will get their first chance to play this Sunday against Washington.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects former Rams head coach Jim Haslett, now the defensive coordinator for Washington, to bring pressure against his former team.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz has an ominous feeling about the Rams-Redskins matchup.